At one point in Saturday's B.C. Football Conference game at Hillside Stadium, Okanagan Sun head coach Shane Beatty marched out to midfield to try to get one of his players out of a minor fracas.
But Beatty stayed on the sideline long enough to lead the Sun over the host Kamloops Broncos 23-8 in a game that left Kamloops players feeling happier than their Okanagan counterparts. But Beatty was pleased to pick up a victory in his return to Kamloops.
"I love being home; it's exciting being home," said Beatty, a Westsyde grad. "One day, maybe I'll be coaching out here, but I'm happy to be home to see my family and friends."
Beatty is a ball of energy and intensity - each of the 320 fans who attended Saturday's game could see and hear that from the bleachers. He marched up and down his sideline, barking orders to players throughout the game.
There were stretches, after changes of possession, where he would gather his resting players in two rows around a bench and hand out advice. From the other side of the field, he looked like a conductor leading an orchestra.
He often walked five or 10 yards onto the field to scream instruction and, when two linemen got into a shoving match late, he walked right to midfield to tell his player to get out of there.
But his messages have gotten through, as Okanagan has won all four of its games, although a season-opening 65-10 victory over the Valley Huskers was overturned as the Sun was ruled to have used an ineligible player.
"(The players) are going to feed off our enthusiasm, our intensity," Beatty said. "When they're this young, they need that kick in the butt. It's the only thing I know; it's all I've been taught the last 20 years."
Even with the loss, the Sun is second in the conference, and back to where it historically has been - among the elite in the conference. Last season, Okanagan went 3-7 and squeaked into the playoffs, where it lost a league semifinal.
"Being a Westsyde boy, we were very good in high school," Beatty said. "Going to (the Sun in 1990), we only had the one loss. Last year is just an anomaly, we just have to go back to the roots and play physical, fast football, and we're getting there."
Beatty was born in Kamloops and, after graduating from Westsyde, played with the Sun in 1990, before playing linebacker collegiately at Glenville State in West Virginia. He ended up getting a masters degree from Central Missouri State in 2000, all while furthering his coaching career.
Over the past decade and a half, he spent time with NCAA and NAIA teams, including a stint as interim head coach at West Virginia Tech in 2006-07.
And he still remembers the man who helped his career along at Westsyde.
"Coach (Bob) Bridges," he said. "Then I went down and played with the Okanagan Sun in 1990 and Victoria Payless before that. I went down to the (U.S.) for the last 20 years, it's been a great experience."
And home is never far away, with Todd Graham, Jamie Bennett and Brian Young - all of Kamloops - assisting Beatty.
"I grew up with them," he said. "I played with Todd down in the states - I've known him for 25 years."